KMBI Grows in Faith on Its 36th Anniversary Celebration

KMBI celebrated 36 years of God’s faithfulness in serving the poor last Friday, November 25, 2022. With the theme, “Faith Grows at KMBI”, the celebration tackled the present issue of hunger and how it impacts the world after the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On top of world hunger, the celebration also probed into the topic of spiritual hunger, emphasizing the significance of faith amidst the troubles that the world is facing. Ms. Victoria Esperanza (Perry) Z. Cartera, KMBI Trustee who also serves as the General Secretary of the Philippine Bible Society, expounded on this theme by discussing ways by which people can remain spiritually fed. She stressed the importance of continually reading, meditating on, and obeying God’s Word.

KMBI Trustee, Ms. Perry Cartera, talks about spiritual hunger and how it can be remedied with consistent exposure to God's Word. Photo courtesy: Kenneth David, Blesilda Visaya

One of the highlights of the activity is the kickoff of organization-wide urban gardening efforts, which aims to encourage staff to initiate organic food production in their homes or at the office. It also aims to promote food security within their communities by making food source more accessible and available. This affirms KMBI’s commitment to join the fight against world hunger and poverty.

In partnership with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), KMBI spearheaded its urban gardening efforts at the KMBI Panay Office in Quezon City. The BPI donated seeds and plants to KMBI and conducted a seminar on Basic Urban Gardening last November 21, which was echoed virtually to all staff nationwide during the celebration on November 25.

Left: BPI representative Mr. Federico Merlan demonstrates the basics of urban gardening. Right: Seedlings provided by the BPI sprout from the tray. Photo courtesy: Blesilda Visaya

KMBI branches also conducted local urban gardening activities within their respective localities. Branch staff purchased seeds and sought ideal locations to grow food-producing plants.

Left: Program Members from KMBI Talisay Branch receive food-producing plants. Right: Staff from KMBI Talisay Branch start their urban gardening efforts by planting seeds.Photo courtesy: Jenelyn Garrido

This year, KMBI launched Talentadong Sentro, a multi-talent contest for KMBI Program Members which revolved around the theme, “Faith Grows at KMBI”. Participants recorded videos of themselves showcasing their broad range of talents—from grooving to various hits to performing interpretative dance and inspiring skits.

Left: Contestants from Kalibo perform their Talentadong Sentro dance entry atop a scenic hill. Right: Contestants from Bacolod portray the daily life of a KMBI Program Member through a short dramatization. Video courtesy: entries from Kalibo A219 and Bacolod B107.

KMBI’s monthly photo contest, KMBI Photo of the Month, picked three (3) winners who drew inspiration from greens and alluded their image to their interpretation of the word “growth.”

Left: A sizable tree stands out from among the greens. Photo courtesy: Jaynoh Caballero, Midsayap Branch. Middle: Farmers form a line as they plant rice together. Photo courtesy: Jelwin Castor, San Francisco Branch. Right: A lone seedling sprouts from the soil. Photo courtesy: Lianne Yveth Tonio, Biñan Branch.

This year’s anniversary celebration shows KMBI’s commitment to help eliminate hunger and establish hunger-proof households and communities.

KMBI Kicks Off New Digital Payment Service with UBx Philippines

KMBI-UBx kickoff orientation

KMBI, in partnership with UBx, a financial technology venture studio under Unionbank Philippines, introduced a faster and more convenient way to pay loans with KMBI during the kick-off orientation on digital payments last June 10, 2022, at KMBI San Jose del Monte branch.

This partnership is a big step forward that will soon enable Program Members to pay their loans via different remittance channels, such as over-the-counter payment, online wallet, and bank transfer. This will reduce the need for Program Members to travel and deposit loan repayments.

Gracing the kick-off event were KMBI President, Mr Eduardo C. Jimenez; Deputy Executive Director for Transformational Development and Training Group, Ms. Hazel Christine R. Bayaca; UBx Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Irissa Yacat; UBx Managing Director, Mr. Jaime Garchitorena, and key representatives from UBx Philippines.

This digital payment service is available in select KMBI branches nationwide. Stay tuned for more updates on expanded availability in other branches in the future.

KMBI's Statement on the Passing of Mr. David D. Gutierrez

It is with deep sorrow and full faith in the Almighty that KMBI announces the passing of Mr. David D. Gutierrez. Mr. Gutierrez had served as the organization’s Chairman, and was recently involved in the leadership as Corporate Treasurer.

He will be remembered by KMBI as a father, a leader, a man of great faith, and a cherished Kabalikat to our staff and Program Members.

His faithful servitude to the Lord through his selfless leadership and tireless work for the betterment of the lives of countless Filipinos will serve as a cornerstone and inspiration for all of us at KMBI to press forward and continue the realization of our vision, which is “to see people in communities live in abundance with strengthened faith in God, and in right relationship with their fellowmen and the rest of creation.”

We enjoin everyone in prayers for Mr. Gutierrez’ bereaved wife, their children and grandchildren, that the love and comfort of our Lord may pour upon them in this time of grief.

KMBI Partners with National University to Hold Business Seminar

Sixteen (16) Program Members from the branches of Quezon City 1 and West Avenue participated in the Business Opportunities Identification seminar, held via Zoom last March 4, 2022 in partnership with National University Extension Office.

The webinar aims to teach participants to assess which opportunities they can maximize to earn additional income. Insights included widening connections, diversifying products, and surrounding oneself with people who can help them gain more customers. Participants also learned how to identify business problems and turn them into opportunities.

KMBI conducts webinars regularly through the Entrepreneurial Development Division of the Transformational Development and Training Group, in partnership with renowned institutions and subject matter experts, to educate Program Members on business operations as well as increase financial literacy to help them make the most out of the financial services that they are availing from KMBI.